Even though Congress has just voted to overhaul the nation’s healthcare system, medical observers caution that it will take years to implement many of its key provisions, and even then, not all uninsured Americans will be guaranteed coverage.
In THE UNINSURED: A Kansas City Survival Guide, KCPT sets aside the divisive politics to navigate the places metro residents can turn when they find themselves without health insurance. From emergency room care to free health clinics, KCPT takes a realistic look at what’s available and what you might expect when you get there. Host Nick Haines talks with Kansas City residents who are already struggling to access the medical system without an insurance card. He also consults with area experts on less obvious ways to get free or reduced health services in the metro.
As frustrating as the search can be, there are places to turn for people who have lost their insurance because of layoffs or cutbacks or who are not offered affordable coverage by their employers.
In the one-hour broadcast, KCPT tracks options for residents:
KCPT’S HEALTHCARE PROBLEM SOLVERS…
Amanda Lowe, CEO
Health Partnership Clinic, Johnson County
Sheri Wood, CEO
Kansas City Free Health Clinic
Healthcare Foundation of Greater KC
Benefits by Design, Inc.
HRS Erase Inc.
During the broadcast, viewers will have the opportunity to receive a free companion resource guide providing tips, options and a comprehensive listing of organizations providing preventive, dental and eye care at no or low cost.
KCPT’s program, THE UNINSURED: A Kansas City Survival Guide is made possible by a grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. Additional resources have been provided by the member organizations of the Greater Kansas City Cover the Uninsured Coalition.
Health Resource Guide”
Download the new Health Resource Guide to Safety Net Health Services in Greater Kansas City in English and Spanish.
For a copy of this guide, please call the Regional Health Care Initiative staff at Mid-America Regional Council, 816-474-4240.
Health Resource Guide
United Way 2-1-1 is a comprehensive information and referral for community services to find help and give help. It is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day.
United Way 2-1-1 Health Care Advocate
A full-time advocate provides response to callers with health and medical issues, particularly those requiring advocacy. The health care advocate can help with prescription assistance, medical supplies and equipment, medical transportation, referrals to community clinics, in-home health aid, support groups, immunizations and more.
Call 2-1-1 or 816-474-5112 or toll free at 866-320-5764
Kansas City’s Medicaine Cabinet
Kansas City’s Medicine Cabinet provides emergency assistance one time per year for clients with a pressing need. Does NOT cover Medicare/Medicaid copays, emergency room visits, pre-existing medical expenses, routine doctor’s visits or hospitalization.
This program of the Baptist–Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation provides much needed assistance in these main areas:
Partnerships with Price Chopper, the UMKC Dental Clinic, and other organizations make it more convenient and practical to find the help you need.
Call ahead for an intake appointment. Photo ID, Social Security card, proof of address for the past 30 days, and proof of income for everyone in household required. Household income must be lower than 200 percent of federal poverty level—for example, a single person with income of less than $1,805 per month.]
Bishop Sullivan Center/St. James, KCMO, 816-561-8515
Community Assistance Council, KCMO, 816-763-3277
Community Services League, Independence, 816-254-4100
CrossLines Community Outreach, KCK, 913-281-3388
Johnson County Human Services and Aging, 913-715-8924
Northland Assistance Center, NKCMO, 816-421-2243
Reconciliation Services, KCMO, 816-931-4751
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, KCK, 913-281-3102
Foundation for Health Coverage Education
Health Care Options Matrix Guide
Health Insurance Eligibility Quiz
With just a few simple steps, you will learn your options and be given all the resources you need to sign up for your best health coverage plan!
Uninsured Help Line 800-234-1317
The Help Line is designed to help you find free and low-cost health insurance. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in multiple languages, the service is staffed by friendly Information Specialists who can provide callers with three main services. They can:
Health Care Options Matrix Guide
This hand-held guide outlines your state’s public and private health care choices for individuals and groups in almost every demographic profile, as well as offers a reference list of phone numbers and Web sites. This is an ideal tool for professionals—insurance agents and brokers, health care professionals, business owners, social workers, legislators, teachers, librarians and consumers—who have a basic knowledge of health insurance and need a quick-reference format.
Application and Enrollment Database
This database provides state by state applications to sign up for private and public health coverage. Some programs have applications you can print and some have links to Web sites where you can apply or get a quote.
Health Insurance Plans to Fit Your Needs from
Call 816-395-BLUE (2583).
Text the word Blue to 2 2 2 7 5 2.
Visit a Blue KC representative at an AAA Office in Overland Park, Lee’s Summit, Shawnee, or Platte Woods.
Click on “Plans & Coverage” at www.BlueKC.com.
Or contact your insurance agent.
The Medicaid and HealthWavedivision of KHPA is responsible for purchasing health services for children, pregnant women, people with disabilities, the aged, and the elderly through the Medicaid program, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP/HealthWave), and the state-funded MediKan program. HealthWave provides assistance to Kansans who do not have access to affordable health insurance for their children. Participants must meet income guidelines. Some families qualify for no-premium health insurance. Others will have small monthly premiums.
Call 800-792-4884 or apply online.
Kansas Consumer and Small Business Information on Insurance
The Insure U online curriculum teaches users about insurance in an informal atmosphere. Research the topics that affect you, then take quizzes to test your knowledge.
MO HealthNet for Kids (MHK) is Missouri’s health insurance program for children. Eligible children are under the age of 19, are citizens or “eligible, qualified aliens,” and have household incomes within certain guidelines. For most families, MHK is provided at no cost. Families with higher incomes may have to pay a premium. There are no deductibles or co-payments. There are also MO HealthNet insurance programs available for pregnant women (MO HealthNet for Pregnant Women) and low-income parents (MO HealthNet for Families).
MO HealthNet Service Center: 888-275-5908, Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Legal Aid of West MO
Advocates for Family Health program provides legal representation at no cost for MO HealthNet education and resources to families and service providers for: rejected applications, terminated coverage, health plan problems, and billing problems.
Call 816-474-6750, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Health Resource Guide
The Regional Health Care Initiative at the Mid-America Regional Council works collaboratively to develop systems that increase capacity, access and the quality of safety net health care and behavioral health services for medically vulnerable members of greater Kansas City.
Call 816-474-4240 or http://www.marc.org/healthinitiative/.
2010 Caring Communities Citizens Guide
This guide provides information about LINC’s work, locations of its school and neighborhood Caring Communities sites and information about area elected officials. The booklet includes maps showing legislatives districts and other useful information.
Health Care Reform
Get the latest news on health reform implementation in your state and get the latest statistics on why reform is so important.
Missouri Healthcare Support Service
Health Coverage Eligibility Quiz
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